Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Herbariums Still Needed; Irish Potato Famine Forensics Example

Herbariums, those seemingly archaic storage rooms loaded with old pressed plant specimens are still proving their usefulness. Here's a story of herbarium specimens being used to track down the culprit in one of the greatest agricultural tragedies of all time; the Irish potato famine. 

Herbarium specimen of potato infested with 'blight'. 

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